Who needs offense? Apparently. Nebraska moved up in the USA Today Coaches Poll following a 35-21 win over South Alabama last Saturday.
The Huskers (1-0) are now No. 25 in the country after beginning the season as the top vote-getter in the “Receiving Votes” category.
The last time the Huskers showed up in the Coaches Poll was Week 15 of the 2016 season, meaning their entrance this week breaks a 34-poll drought.
Nebraska opened the season last Saturday with a 35-21 win over a South Alabama team that entered the game a 37-point underdog. Not the greatest of showings anyway, but it was compounded by the fact the offense only produced 14 points in 66 total plays. The defense provided two scores off pick-sixes and JD Spielman housed a punt return for another seven points.
The Huskers will face Colorado in Boulder this Saturday. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. CT kick on FOX. Colorado (1-0) beat in-state counterpart Colorado State last week 52-31, though the Buffs didn’t receive a vote in the latest Amway Coaches Poll. The Rams averaged 6.5 yards per play but Colorado’s defense produced four turnovers.
It’s the first year in Boulder for head coach Mel Tucker following a 5-7 record last season. Former head coach Mike MacIntyre was fired following a six-game losing streak that preceded five straight wins to begin the year. Colorado lost its final game of the season — under interim coach Kurt Roper — to drop its seventh straight and eliminate the possibility of a bowl.
Nebraska is also ranked in the latest AP Poll. The Huskers began the season ranked No. 24, but have dropped to No. 25 for Week 2.